Regular readers will note this isn’t the first time in recent weeks that we’ve blogged about the Alpine A110. Last time it was as the subject of our Automotive Reincarnations series, where its similarities to the Lotus Elise SC were highlighted. Today, it’s time to get behind the wheel to find out what this gorgeous two-seat coupe is like to drive. HERITAGEBefore that, the anticipation, which begins with the knowledge that this is not just any new sports car, but one with true heritage. Alpine was founded in 1955, when Jean Rédélé, a Renault dealer and rally driver, took the decision to set up a company to build affordable sports cars. Draped in lightweight bodywork, cars such as the early Alpine A106 looked the part, yet were relatively cheap to build and extremely durable due to the use of proven Renault parts. With Renault’s budget behind it, more advanced road and racing Alpines arrived, including the 1978 Le Mans winning A442. Later still … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. Simply Sublime: 2018 Alpine A110 drivenPost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
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Halloween is almost upon us. And of course, that means your thoughts will have turned to which cars are best to survive a zombie apocalypse. After all, whose wouldn’t? At CarGurus we’ve used our automotive expertise to put together the definitive list of the five cars in which you’re most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. No need to thank us; it’s all part of our commitment to bringing you the most important car buying advice out there. So without further ado, here are the five cars that’ll best ensure your brain doesn’t get eaten this Halloween. Credit: Brian Snelson HUMMER H1Our first instinct would be to choose the biggest, heaviest thing you can lay your hands on. Enter the Hummer H1. It’s about as big and heavy as it gets – and with its bluff front end and absolute go-anywhere ability, it’s perfect not just for ploughing its way through a hostile crowd of zombies, but also for crossing any mountains or rivers that … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. 5 Cars to Survive a Zombie ApocalypsePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
There was a time when Kia was known for selling tough but somewhat agricultural cars that appealed for their straightforward approach, but not their finesse. Then in 2006 it launched the original cee’d and kickstarted a mission to completely transform how its brand was perceived. It is a sign of how fast things have moved in the past 12 years that the arrival of the all-new, third-generation ceed (now SEO optimised and minus the apostrophe) is as noteworthy as that of any other family car save perhaps the Volkswagen Golf. For these days not only do we expect good value, but also true progress, with the end result being a car that’s as good as – if not better than – the established European players. Expectations are high, but does the 2018 ceed deliver? THE SAME BUT DIFFERENTMake no mistake, much progress has indeed been made, even if the final product does still feel like an evolutionary step. Perceived quality has improved, there’s more space inside, … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. Family Value: 2018 Kia Ceed DrivenPost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
We were taken there to drive the all-new Ceed hatchback up into the glorious High Tatra mountains, lodging in immense style at the Kempinski in Štrbské Pleso, then back down the next day. The short runway needed so much oomph that our jet had to refuel at Leipzig. We went up the hill in a Ceed with the new 114bhp 1.6 diesel. We came down with the new 138bhp 1.4 petrol engine. The climb recorded 54mpg. The descent averaged 52mpg. Over matching terrain the diesel would have gained in economy and reduced CO2. Official figures are 74.3mpg and 99g for the diesel and 48.7mpg and 132g for the petrol. A 118bhp one-litre petrol turbo engine rated at 52.3mpg and 122g is also offered. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is an option on the larger engines.Both engines were smooth and quiet – though the return route was undemanding of the petrol motor. The new body is lower and wider. The windows are shallower, the bonnet front is higher so in some ways the old Mk2 model was more … [Read more...] about Review: Kia Ceed, Sorento and Sportage
4 France won the world cup, Google was founded, an intern called Monica Lewinski became famous all over the world and, oh yes – Ford launched the Focus. It's only 20 years ago, but it's hard to overemphasise the impact this cheeky little hatchback had on family motoring. I remember engineers on the launch in Deauville, France saying: "I didn't think we could do a car like this!". Ford had been run for years by accountants, who clung like shipwrecked sailors to the Ford family purse strings. Chief executive Jac Nasser, however, wasn’t family and while he had controversial long-term views about Ford's future, he absolutely understood the damage done by cars like the execrable Mk5 Escort. Ford's engineers were in near revolt about the cost-cutting on that car. “Never again,” was the battle cry and Nasser and mercurial engineer Richard Parry-Jones created a design and engineering hot-house that cultivated the Focus. To have worked on that team is like … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Focus review – still brilliant, but has it lost its sparkle?